Technician production: JCMDI Lepidoptera Videos Vol. I DVD
Release date: May 6, 2007 (JCMDI)
Number of videos: 39 [Total Playing time 56:04]



This DVD represents JCMDI's first volume of realtime and time-lapse videos with Technician music soundtracks. They are mostly short and non-narrated, and formatted with a quick text introduction at the beginning, and credits at the end - ideal for stand-alone play or narration by a live instructor/presentor. The videos feature many aspects of Butterfly and Moth life cycles, and are captured in full NTSC resolution realtime and time-lapse video. Low resolution "demo" versions of most of these videos have been released on for free public viewing/evaluation. The "view" icons below link to those "public" versions for your reference. The DVD contains the high quality versions, some of which have more content and include soundtracks, lacking in the public demo versions.

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DVD Content:
(39 videos, 9 catagories)


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1. Slideshows

Spectacular Butterflies
An animated slideshow featuring original images of interesting and spectacular butterflies from the JCMDI website. Soundtrack "Bio" (Silicon Landscape CD) by Technician.

Amazing Moths
Another animated slideshow, this time featuring beautiful original images of moths from the JCMDI website. Soundtrack "Darkness" (Memories CD) by Technician.

Fascinating Caterpillars
Many odd and interesting caterpillars are shown in this animated slideshow, including the eggs they come from and the pupae they metamorphosize into. Soundtrack "286 5th Solo" (Solo CD) by Technician.

2. Ovipositing

Mendocino Ovipositing
A female Mendocino Silk Moth is ovipositing on a finger, in realtime. No soundtrack.

Maia Abdomen
A female Buckmoth (Hemileuca maia) rests after mating, while strange movements in her abdomen appear to "stir" things. Magnified, realtime video. No Soundtrack.

Electra Silkmoth
A female Mojave Electra Silkmoth (Hemileuca electra mojavensis) climbs a twig while looking for a suitable place to lay her eggs. Realtime video. No Soundtrack.

Euryalus Ovipositing
A female Euryalus Silkmoth (Hyalophora euryalus) hangs-on to a finger while ovipositing. Realtime video. No Soundtrack.

3. Hatching

Saturnia albofasciata
A White-Streaked Silkmoth (Saturnia albofasciata) egg hatches under 100x microscope magnification in 3x realtime speed. Soundtrack "On The Prowl" (Memories CD) by Technician. (YouTube version has no soundtrack)

Arctonotus lucidus
A tiny 1/32" long egg of the Pacific Green Sphinx Moth [Arctonotus lucidus] hatches under the microscope. Magnification is 100x, presented in 72x time-lapse. Soundtrack "Blown Glass" (Ruins II CD) by Technician.

4. Caterpillars

A short, narrated documentary showing Catocala junctura 1st instar caterpillars. High magnification realtime video shows close-up details of the caterpillar and its feeding. Soundtrack "Gypsy's Theme" (Memories CD) by Technician.

Albo Molt
A Saturnia albofasciata caterpillar molts from 3rd to 4th instar in time lapse. The whole process takes about 30 minutes. Soundtrack "Doom Level 1" (Memories CD) by Technician

Lucidus Molt
Two Pacific Green Sphinx [Arctonotus lucidus] 4th instar caterpillars shed their skins in time lapse. The process takes only a few (10-15) minutes. Soundtrack "Oberion Extension" (Silicon Landscape CD) by Technician.

Hemi Molt
A Western Sheepmoth (Hemileuca eglanterina) sheds it skin and fluffs-up its spines, in time lapse. No Soundtrack.

A group of 2nd instar Western Sheepmoth (Hemileuca eglanterina) larvae are active and feeding in a large cluster. The tightly-packed group is a defensive tactic, making them appear as one large entity. No soundtrack.

Motion (1)
This sequence shows the 1st instar larvae of the Mojave Electra Silk Moth group precession and feeding behavior in time lapse. They remain together in a tight group for protection until they are much larger. No Soundtrack.

Motion (2)
This 2nd sequence shows more of the 1st instar larvae of the Mojave Electra Silk Moth group precession and feeding behavior in time lapse. No Soundtrack.

A group of Western Sheepmoth larvae twitch in unison as a defensive move to ward-off predators. Realtime video. No Soundtrack.

5. Pupations

Cocoon Spin (1)
This 36-hour time lapse sequence follows a White-Streaked Silkmoth larva through its non-stop effort to build a cocoon from scratch. Soundtrack "Wind-Up" (RaNdOm CD) by Technician.

Cocoon Spin (2)
This time-lapse sequence follows a Rothschildia cincta (Silk Moth) caterpillar's cocoon-building efforts overnight, non-stop for 11 hours without a break. Soundtrack "Oberion" (Silicone Landscape CD) by Technician.

Pupation (1)
A Velda Pine Moth caterpillar (Coloradia velda) has just shed its final skin to enter into the cocoon phase of life. This real-time footage shows how it compresses and contorts itself into the final shape before its new shell hardens. Soundtrack "Monster Music" (Halloween 2001 CD) by Technician. Note: The YouTube sample has no soundtrack.

Pupation (2)
3 time lapse sequences show a Pale swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) spinning its suspension noose and molting into its pupal phase. Soundtrack "Sunset" (Memories CD) by Technician. Note: The YouTube sample shows only one of the 3 sequences, and has no soundtrack.

6. Multi-Stage

Phoebis sennae (1)
Time lapse scenes from a Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) butterfly's life cycle include larvae moving around on a host plant, pupation, and emerging as an adult butterfly. Soundtrack "Traces" (Silicon Landscape CD) by Technician.

Phoebis sennae (2)
A Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) butterfly larva pupates and later emerges as an adult. The other pupa tries to eclose but is unsuccessful, and dies during the process. Soundtrack "Digital Dreaming" (Digital Dreaming CD) by Technician. Note: The YouTube sample has no soundtrack.

Agraulis vanillae
This video shows a Gulf Fritillary larva morphing into pupa, and the adult emerging. Soundtrack "Induction" (unreleased mutant version) by Technician.

Antheraea polyphemus
Several scenes show a Polyphemus Silk Moth crawling free of its pupal shell, "blood" pumping in the abdomen, and 2 time lapse wing expansions. Soundtrack "Symbian Rhythms V2" (Silicon Landscape CD) by Technician. Note: The YouTube sample only shows 2 of the scenes, and has no soundtrack.

7. Emerging

Papilio minori
Two sequences show a Papilio indra (subspecies "minori") swallowtail Butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, and expanding its wings in time lapse. Soundtrack "Something Manual" (Memories CD) by Technician.

Saturnia walterorum
A montage of time-lapse sequences featuring Walter's Silkmoths (Saturnia walterorum) expanding their wings. A male, female (emerges from an artificial paper-towel "cocoon" first), then another female which didn't quite complete the expanding of her wings. Soundtrack "Prophet" (RaNdOm CD) by Technician

Philotes sonorensis
Two different Sonoran Blue Butterflies [Philotes sonorensis] emerge from their chrysalids and expand their wings. Realtime and time lapse. These butterflies are only 3/4" across and resemble small versions of South American Morphos. Soundtrack "Tink" (RaNdOm CD) by Technician.

Battus philenor
This video shows time lapse sequences with Pipevine swallowtail butterflies emerging from their chrysalis and expanding their wings. Soundtrack "310 Fill" (Solo CD) by Technician.

Saturnia mendocino
Two time lapse sequences show a male and female Mendocino Silk Moth (Saturnia mendocino) expanding their wings. No soundtrack. Note: The YouTube sample only shows one of the sequences.

Hemileuca electra clio
Three time lapse sequences show Electra Silkmoths (Hemileuca electra clio) expanding their wings. Soundtrack "93 5ths Solo" (Solo CD) by Technician. (No YouTube Sample)

Saturnia albofasciata
Two sequences illustrate female White-Streaked Silkmoths (Saturnia albofasciata) emerging from their cocoons. The first one is in time lapse. The second one is in realtime, with several "fades" between active periods. Soundtrack "Induction" (Silicon Landscape CD) by Technician. Note: The YouTube sample has no soundtrack.

8. Mating

A pair of Chalsedon Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalsedona) butterflies court each other but in the end the male flies off without mating. Soundtrack "Waltus" (Silicon Landscape CD) by Technician. (YouTube sample has no soundtrack)

A mating pair of White-Streaked Silkmoths (Saturnia albofasciata) is shown mating. The female gets restless but the male has hangs-on tight! Soundtrack "Face the Wind" (Memories CD) by Technician. (YouTube sample has no soundtrack)

Post Mating
This demonstration shows how the transition from light to dark causes the freshly-mated female White-Streaked Silkmoth (Saturnia albofasciata) to "activate" and begin her ovipositing flight. No Soundtrack.

This video shows a mating pair of White-Streaked Silkmoths (Saturnia albofasciata) which has been together about 45 minutes. The desk light is moved away and the female becomes active almost immediately. No Soundtrack.

9. Field Trips

Satunia walterorum
This narrated documentary showcases a nature outing where virgin female Walter's Silkmoths [Saturnia walterorum] are used to attract males from miles away. Soundtrack features "A New Age" and "Hotfoot Polka" (Digital Dreaming CD) by Technician.

Hemileuca burnsi
A virgin female Burns' Silk Moth (Hemileuca burnsi) is used to attract a swarm of wild males from miles away. Soundtrack "Mourning Guitar" (unreleased) by Technician. (YouTube sample has no soundtrack)

Hemileuca eglanterina
A virgin female Western Sheepmoth (Hemileuca eglanterina) is used to attract wild males from miles away. Soundtrack "Red Dawn" (Red Dawn CD) by Technician. (YouTube sample has no soundtrack)

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Q: Why is some of the picture "cut-off" at the sides when displayed on my TV?

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Q: Can I play all the videos on this DVD automatically?

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Q: Are these the same videos I saw on

A: To some degree, yes. Low-resolution versions of most selections are available free online at YouTube. The major Difference is that the DVD contains the high-quality versions, with high-resolution video and CD-quality stereo sound. Additionally, some DVD versions have added content and soundtracks, which are lacking in the online versions.

Q: Why is there no sound on a few of the videos?

A: Some of the older, short videos do not have any sound. These were made before soundtracks were routinely included, and were so short that adding sound later would not have added significant value to the video.

Q: What is the "educator" discount and license, and how do I get them?

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Like most purchased (licensed) intellectual property, this DVD can be viewed in a private home setting by any user. As a qualified educator, you may also show the DVD to a small audience of students (typically less than 100) in a classroom, auditorium or small theatre for non-profit, educational purposes only. In any case, the content may NOT be copied, published, broadcast, distributed or sold in any form.

Q: In what order do the videos play if left to run continuously?

A: If your equipment supports continuous play (most players do), the videos will playback in the order shown below. This list is helpful if you plan to use this DVD with live-narration in a classroom or other instructional setting. If you start playing a video in the middle of the list, in most cases, it will continue with the video, as shown below. When the end of list is reached, most players will start over at the beginning (track 1) and continue from there. The playback order is designed so that if you start with the Spectacular Butterflies slideshow, it will progress nicely through the life stages, in roughly their natural order.

Play order/roster:

01 Mendocino Ovipositing [00:12] Mendocino Silkmoth oviposits on finger
02 Electra Silkmoth [00:25] Electra Silkmoth searches for place to oviposit
03 Maia Abdomen [00:25] Maia Buckmoth abdominal movements
04 Euryalus Ovipositing [00:29] Euryalus Silkmoth oviposits on finger

05 Spectacular Butterflies [03:43] Butterflies animated slideshow
06 Amazing Moths [02:09] Moths animated slideshow
07 Fascinating Caterpillars [02:34] Caterpillars animated slideshow

Egg hatching:
08 Saturnia albofasciata [02:06] Egg hatches under the microscope
09 Arctonotus lucidus [01:12] Egg hatches under the microscope

10 Albo Molt [01:29] White-Streaked Silkmoth caterpillar molts
11 Catocala [03:07] Small "inchworm" type caterpillars feeding, crawling, resting
12 Lucidus Molt [01:00] 2 Pacific Green Sphinx Moth caterpillars molt
13 Hemi Molt [00:25] Western Sheepmoth caterpillar molts
14 Feeding [00:17] Tightly-packed group of moth caterpillars feeding
15 Motion (1) [00:22] Time lapse caterpillar movements
16 Motion (2) [00:21] Time lapse caterpillar movements (Sequence 2)
17 Defense [00:19] caterpillar group defense "twitch"

18 Cocoon Spin (1) [01:26] White-Streaked Silkmoth caterpillar spins cocoon in time lapse
19 Cocoon Spin (2) [01:28] Cincta Silkmoth caterpillar spins cocoon in time lapse
20 Pupation (1) [02:17] Velda Pine Moth pupal contortions
21 Pupation (2) [01:51] Pale Swallowtail caterpillar spins noose and pupates

22 Phoebis sennae (1) [02:39] Cloudless Sulphur caterpillars crawl, pupate and emerge
23 Antheraea polyphemus [02:38] Polyphemus Silkmoth emerged from pupa and expands wings
24 Agraulis vanillae [01:20] Gulf Fritillary Butterfly pupates and emerges

25 Papilio minori [01:07] Indra Swallowtail Butterfly emerges
26 Saturnia walterorum [01:27] 3 expansion sequences
27 Philotes sonorensis [01:49] 2 emerging and wing expansion sequences
28 Battus philenor [01:17] 2 emerging and wing expansion sequences
29 Saturnia mendocino [00:24] 2 expansion sequences
30 Hemileuca electra clio [00:57] 3 expansion sequences
31 Saturnia albofasciata [02:03] 2 sequences, female emerges from cocoon

32 Phoebis sennae (2) [01:52] Cloudless Sulphur caterpillar pupates and emerges

33 Courtship [01:07] A pair of Chalsedon Checkerspots court
34 Mating [01:21] A pair of mating White-Streaked Silkmoths
35 Post Mating [00:32] A female White-Streaked Silkmoth "activates" in the dark
36 Mating [00:22] A mating White-Streaked Silkmoth "activates" in reduced light.

Field Trips:
37 Satunia walterorum [05:46] S. walterorum baiting in the San Gabriels
38 Hemileuca burnsi [00:49] H. burnsi baiting near Phelan
39 Hemileuca eglanterina [00:57] H. eglanterina baiting on Frazier Mt.

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